The 12 Best Gifts for Dads That He’ll Actually Use (and Won’t Abandon in the Garage)
We can all agree that dads are impossible to shop for, right? (Golf club? He bought it for himself. Tie? He’s got 47 of them.) So, whether you’re helping the little ones shop for Daddy or picking out the perfect present for your own old man, getting him something that won’t end up in the garage is a real challenge. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the 12 best gifts for dads this holiday season, all guaranteed to stay in the rotation.
1. Meater Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer
If Pops prides himself on being a grill master, this handy device will help him plan meals and feel tech savvy. Just stick the thermometer in the meat while it’s on the grill or in the oven and it will send an alert to your phone or tablet when it’s done…just in case he wants to meander over and enjoy the game for a little while.
2. Woolrich Brewster Luxury Softspun Down Alternative Filled Throw
Fun fact: Woolrich is the oldest manufacturer of outdoor wear in the United States––so you better believe they make the perfect winter blanket. Dad will love having this stylish throw to keep him warm while posting up with the newspaper. Just don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to buy one for yourself too.
3. ‘The Silent Patient’
He’s got his warm blanket––now he needs a new book to go with it. Might we suggest The Silent Patient, a shocking psychological thriller and instant number one New York Times best seller that’ll keep him guessing ’til the very last page.
4. L.L. Bean Extra-Long Fireplace Gloves
Got a pyro, er, fireplace lover on your hands? These extra-long gloves are made with a thick, insulated material that will protect his hands and forearms from burning logs, flying sparks and hot tools.
5. Sony Noise Canceling Headphones
These headphones are so good, PureWow named them the best splurge-worthy pair on Amazon. With industry-leading digital noise cancellation technology, they’re nearly soundproof when it comes to background noise. Coolest part? You can control the volume, skip songs or take calls all with touch-activated technology. Oh, and did we mention that they have a 30-hour battery life?
6. J.Crew Abingdon messenger bag
All men deserve a really nice bag, and his beat-up brief just isn’t cutting it. The exterior pockets on this little number have hidden magnetic snaps for a sleek look, while the inside has a padded laptop sleeve and multiple compartments for his keys, phone, pens––you name it.
7. Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Beer Growler
This handsome thermos keeps beer cold for up to 24 hours after filling. Whether he’s packing it for a cookout or stopping by his local brewery for a refill, this little guy will be put to great use.
8. Under Armour Men’s Sportstyle Jogger
Dad jeans are a thing. Up his style (without cramping his comfort) with these nifty joggers, which are made from a durable knit fabric that wicks away sweat and dries ultra-fast. Just as great for workouts as they are around the house.
9. Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock and Tent
Unlike other hammocks that make you feel like you’re trapped in a cocoon, this one has a flat design that won’t leave Dad complaining about his back. It’s super easy to set up, lightweight and waterproof, and it keeps bugs away. (But he’s still welcome to complain about them.)
10. Atlas Coffee Club Subscription
Dad fancy himself a coffee snob? Treat him to a world tour of incredible roasts with this six-month gift subscription. Each delivery includes freshly roasted single-origin coffee from countries around the globe. He even gets a little coffee course with each package, as every batch comes with brew tips and flavor notes.
11. Everlane The ReWool Overcoat
The smooth lining on this recycled wool coat is made of Japanese Bemberg, a high-quality fabric that’s light, silky and breathable—ideal for layering yet still dashing enough for any event on his social calendar.
12. ‘Dreyer’s English’
It’s not that your father is a know-it-all…it’s just that he’s always right. For any bibliophile, grammarian or just plain rules enthusiast, Dreyer’s English is a delightful romp through clarity and style, all told with humor and authority by the Random House copy chief. (Bonus: It’ll give Dad a chance to weigh in on the proper use of parentheses.)